When many people think of family law, they automatically think of things like divorce battles and custody disputes. While those issues do make up a large percentage of our work here at Coast Family Law, we also work on many of the lesser-known family law issues, such as:
Sometimes, before they even say their vows, couples wish to lay out what will happen with respect to asset distribution should they ever divorce. In those cases, family law attorneys can help draft a prenuptial agreement that sets forth the couple’s wishes in a legally binding document.
A postnuptial agreement is similar but slightly different. Spouses enter into a postnuptial agreement after they are married but prior to the time that any dissolution proceedings are underway.
Separation agreements set forth the manner in which couples will split assets (such as houses, income, etc.) during the time that they are separated. These agreements might also delineate custody and parental time during the separation.
When relationships get out of control, a person may need legal protection to keep themselves safe from an abusive partner. While courts thankfully make it relatively easy to seek things like immediate temporary restraining orders, it can be more difficult to obtain ongoing protection. A family law attorney can help with legal strategy, evidence gathering, and representation in court if multiple hearings are required.
A guardianship occurs when a court appoints a person to protect the health and safety of an incapacitated person or a minor child. This may be necessary, for example, where a person is in a coma, suffering from dementia, or otherwise rendered unable to make their own medical decisions.
A conservatorship occurs when a court appoints a person to protect the assets of an incapacitated person or minor child. These appointments are made to help prevent financial abuse of a person who is unable to make their own decisions.
People seeking to be appointed as a guardian or a conservator often seek the help of a family law attorney because the issues are often complex and the opposition to such appointments are often fierce.
Estate planning, at its core, involves strategic planning for how a person’s assets will be distributed after they pass away. Although a comprehensive estate plan may involve people and organizations outside of one’s immediate family, we still see this as a critical area of Family Law and are happy to assist with any estate planning needs you may have. Please see our Estate Planning page for more information.
Coast Family Law is proud to offer a variety of family law services on the Oregon coast, including Clatsop and Tillamook counties. Our office is in Gearhart, conveniently located between Astoria and Tillamook. We invite you to contact us at (503) 739-7616 or by using our online contact form to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney. We look forward to working with you.